Response to COVID-19
The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (TDCC) is starting a new phase of work in relation to COVID. Dozens of research projects have been funded under expediated funding processes and we are working with the Medical Research Council to ensure the availability of samples within this projects can be discovered.
We have been asked to support the following goals:
- all COVID-19 related human samples collected through existing and future funded research programmes, including the NIHR Biomedical Research Centres, will be listed on the TDCC registry within six weeks of collection;
- samples will be accompanied by a core dataset that enables data connectivity with other national datasets (e.g. via an NHS number);
- participating research groups will provide instructions, as to how researchers may gain access to tissues, with copies of their standard material transfer agreements, and an estimated turn-around time for approval.
- Groups will communicate numbers of requests received and approved.
It is vital during these times that we make the most of the incredible generously of the public who are donating samples and participating in research at record levels. We will be asking all COVID-19 projects to register in the Directory but also to sign up to our transparency principles and our soon to be established principles for sample access that is being pioneered in the Midlands.